ERIC Number: ED278827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
BVT Curriculum Package Assessment Project. Final Report.
Douglass, Rebecca S.; Maxfield, Randi A.
A panel of bilingual specialists met in Alexandria, Virginia, in November 1986 to review curriculum packages developed by projects supported by the U.S. Department of Education's (USDE) Bilingual Vocational Training (BVT) grants. The USDE was interested in assessing the quality of curriculum development in current BVT projects, determining the transportability of project curriculum materials, and providing direction and assistance to improve future projects. The panel used an assessment instrument devised by USDE staff. Some of the committee's findings were the following: (1) BVT project staff need directions regarding format, elements, and sequencing in order to provide consistency; (2) definitions need to be clarified; (3) projects need technical assistance even after standards are set; (4) projects are different in their approaches to BVT curriculum development; (5) vocational training sections of curriculum packages are more fully developed than the ESL-related sections; (6) discrepancies existed on how to determine the language proficiency of students and the projects' methods of accommodating various language levels; and (7) curriculum packages often were not well thought out. The experts rated highest those packages that were well organized, contained the usual elements of curriculum guides, showed evidence of staff coordination, showed evidence of individualized instruction, and had a strong rationale for methodology. As a result of the assessment, recommendations were made for more technical assistance in BVT curriculum development, additional assessment, and dissemination of exemplary projects. (A list of the projects reviewed, meeting agenda, and assessment instrument are included in this report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Sangamon State Univ., Springfield, IL. East Central Curriculum Management Center.